Practice is hard

When I was a child, I used to practice the piano standing up. Why? That way I could run to the kitchen (where there was a clock) to check how many minutes had flown by. Once I hit the illustrious thirty minute mark, I would proudly pronounce to both my parents that ‘I just practiced […]

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Emergent and Progressive Play in Music Education: Ideas into Practice

Some time ago, I completed an online course known as Understanding Video Games where I was acquainted with a Roger Caillois‘ definition of ‘play’ and ‘game.’ ‘Playing’ referred to activity that is unstructured, improvisatory and free. Conversely, ‘gaming’ referred to activity that was goal-orientated, containing rules and structured. Kicking a soccer ball around is an example of play, whilst […]

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A post for parents: Quitting … before you quit, here are some things to think about

Amongst children and teenagers, wanting to quit is not uncommon. This is not something exclusive to piano. It happens to students of other instruments, interests and sports. Having said that, I recently read a dissertation on perceptions of practice from young piano students… and apparently the music lesson cessation rate is the highest amongst those […]

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